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Two Critical Questions to Ask During the Intake Meeting

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/30/2015 in Recruiting articles |

This week I was at the Minnesota Recruiters Conference and I listened to Steve Lowisz speak about “5 Keys To Leading Your Hiring Manager.”  I am not sure if it was the lack of participation or what, but when he was speaking about intake meetings with hiring managers (that meeting when we learn about the […]

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The key to success? Grit – by Angela Lee Duckworth

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/26/2015 in Personal / About Me |

An interesting Ted Talk about what one psychologist says is a strong predictor of success. Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. […]

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Creating Job Descriptions That Show Meaningful Work

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/22/2015 in Personal / About Me, Recruiting articles |

People tend to underestimate and undervalue the power of meaning in work.  People don’t understand the magnitude of the importance of meaningful work. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presented two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work in a Ted Talk he gave at TEDxRiodelaPlata.  His experiments didn’t even […]

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How to make work-life balance work by Nigel Marsh

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/18/2015 in Personal / About Me |

Interesting TED Talk by Nigel Marsh about work-life balance.  Some of the things he spoke about are as follows: We need an honest debate if we are going to make any progress on this issue.  Government and corporations will not solve this issue for us.  It is up to us to take control and responsibility […]

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My Favorite Job Post of All Time

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/14/2015 in Recruiting articles |

I am writing about job posts again, but it is what is primarily seen by potential candidates – active or passive.   Often, it is the first thing seen. Think about it, a great professional who is not currently looking for a new job has a really bad day at work and decides to test […]

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How to make stress your friend – by Kelly McGonigal

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/09/2015 in Personal / About Me |

Don’t make stress an enemy…stress is not bad. A survey over 8 years showed that there was a 43% increase risk in dying for those who experience a lot of stress in the previous year – but only for those who also believe stress is harmful to your health.  For those who said they do […]

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How to Compare the Size of Talent Pools by Location

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/06/2015 in Recruiting articles |

Today will be a very practical post that covers what I recently did for research when a hiring manager said he was open to hiring in other locations (anywhere in the US) and asked for suggestions on which locations to target that might have large talent pools. This can be done for any skill set, […]

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Why work doesn’t happen at work – by Jason Fried

Posted by Eric Putkonen on 10/02/2015 in Personal / About Me |

People go to work and have work moments…the day is shredded to bits with interruptions, meetings, etc.  The day ends and you feel you got nothing done. How can we expect people to work well (do great work), if they are interrupted all day. People need long stretches of uninterrupted time to get stuff done […]

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